Getting Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction to Run on Windows 10

Splinter Cell: Conviction
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Splinter Cell: ConvictionI’d purchased this game, through Steam, several years ago.  However, having recently gotten around to installing Steam on my laptop, I found that this game simply refused to launch.

While all of the other games in my library worked without issue, this one’s a special snowflake.  After messing around for a while, I finally got it to run — now, playable for me.

Below, are the simplified steps to get it playing nice with Windows 10.

  1. Install Steam.
  2. Install Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction via Steam.
  3. Install Uplay.
  4. Install the DirectX End-User Runtime.
  5. Perhaps, restart your computer.
  6. Launch the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Conviction game via either Steam or Uplay.

You’ll, more than likely, get an alert about an incompatible operating system.  You can safely ignore the warning and continue to the game.  However, should you prefer to not be annoyed by the warning, you can set the game’s executable to run in compatibility mode for another OS (i.e. Windows 7).

The Survival Syndrome

PTSD Word Cloud
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A popular argument to fight the stigma of PTSD is to abandon it as a disorder.  There have also been cases for calling PTSD an injury because of damage to the hippocampus.  However, this is perhaps, the worst piece of evidence…  Such scarring also occurs in bipolar disorder and throughout the entire spectrum of anxiety disorders — some caused by trauma, some not.  The injury moniker’s most problematic issue’s that it seems to create an acceptable male — or, women living up to male ideals — not mental illness.  Even rape survivors are said to have MST and not PTSD caused by rape within the military.  Why there’s any effort to sterilise rape within the military, continually, blows my mind.  The worst thing about injury and/or trauma titles, is their omission of how paradoxical and complicated Civil War Nostalgia, PTSD, and Shell Shock have always been.  Injuries are often a lot more simple — rest, ice, elevate does very little to your identity.  War alters our identity — what we have, is a persistent disorder, illness, and/or syndrome.  Yet, anyone who truly understands PTSD grasps how it’s the persistence of survival skills into non-survival situations.  Those survival skills, ultimately, saved our lives — they also make the mundane and/or routine parts of life harder to manage.

Syndromes are often permanent and the damage to our brain wasn’t instant.  It takes years, of overuse of the limbic system, to damage the brain’s declarative memory — creating the scaring, as identified by injury advocates.  Moreover, calling it a syndrome of survival would explain the deep longing and even nostalgic memory of war — seeking “the suck”.  Although we’re damaged, most of us have some longing to return — even, missing combat and/or trauma.  When we act like PTSD’s solely an injury, we confuse injuries and disorders — all, because of stigma.  Assholes will be assholes, whatever title’s used for them.  But, calling PTSD what it is with respect to trauma’s paradoxical complexity, will help us to accept what survival and war have done to us.  It will also help war survivors in recognising what they may have in common with rape survivors, and that their persistent problems are extremely difficult and life altering, but that they ultimately come from a place of strength — not weakness.  We’re all survivors, and we should have a better title.

Strong Arm ReadyI realise that this is a controversial topic which many, well-informed and capable, people will disagree about.  However, as a combat veteran, I’ve never been able to feel comfortable with any of the other popular titles.  The syndrome of survival seems to capture all of the complexity of survival, in addition to addressing the lasting syndrome.  Survival is a universally respected — even, celebrated — aspect of the human experience.  Connecting our troubled lives to this ultimately positive fact will encourage growth within all of those affected by trauma.  We also need a title, that people who suffer, are more willing to bear publicly — shifting the conversation, becoming broader and more substantive.  A title that should come with a stronger sense of pride and empathy from non-survivors.  A title that expresses a collective appreciation for what people have survived and the baggage that comes from it — no other title does that in such a way.  Survivor’s a moniker that captures the fact we’re not leaves blown about by circumstances.  We survived, through merit and resilience, and we can also survive the way that those original experiences have changed us.  Perhaps, even let our survival motivate us to be something better than we would’ve otherwise been without our horrible experiences.

Mental Injuries

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A Veteran's Worst WoundsPost-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating and life changing, mental wound commonly associated with veterans experiencing trauma during war-time.  Studies by the government have revealed PTSD isn’t limited to combat, it also includes childhood abuse, military rape, and reckless behaviour.  PTSD is considered a disorder to most professionals as well as the government.  PTSD is a natural response by the human brain to inoculate against further trauma.  Within this post, I’ll compare and contrast studies completed by the government on the efficacy of CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and western medicine used to treat PTSD and why the “D” should be dropped.

When a soldier comes home, they’re given a mental examination.  If they’re considered to be unfit for duty, the military will tag them with a PTSD label — a polite way of saying that they’re no longer mission-capable.  If the soldier’s been in a firefight, the examination may happen in-country.  If a soldier admits that they’re experiencing trauma, from witnessing a friend step on a landmine, the examiner may consider the soldier as unfit for duty — discharging them.  Most soldiers won’t admit it, and with the possibility of losing careers plus its stigma, soldiers will alienate from most brothers-in-arms.  To be deemed no longer mission-capable creates animosity, hatred, and mistrust.  Ridiculed and removed from the brotherhood, the soldier almost always slips into depression, and can eventually lead to suicide.  A shocking 22 veterans commit suicide every day.  It sickens me, to think that a soldier doing their job will feel the need to commit suicide, due to hazing from an egotistical and testosterone-driven system.

The government uses Sertraline — namely, Zoloft — to treat PTS, commonly.  However, a double-blind study done on wounded veterans showed that only 41% of veterans displayed reduced symptoms and that 33% had reduced symptoms using the placebo.  It can help by repressing the emotions, aiding the mind’s ability to process trauma, and enable the confidence that it can be healed.  Government reports on the efficacy of CAM can be life-changing.  However, after 6 weeks of mantra repetition during 90-minute sessions, can send PTS into a full remission.  Acupuncture, progressive muscle relaxation, and transcendental meditation also help veterans according to the government.  The stigma placed on PTS makes our soldiers and veterans feel weak — experiencing this, impedes daily life activities, further deepening depression and increasing the risk of suicide.  If we teach that PTS is a mental wound and just as much a part of life, as common as a fractured arm, or a deep cut…  If we revise the standards by dropping the “D” and call it PTS and not PTSD…  Those recovering from trauma, could have a more acceptable identity, and be more open to getting the proper care that they so desperately need.

By renaming the mental wound to PTS, it would cut the impacts on soldiers lives who’ve received a mental injury due to trauma.  The risks of losing your career could be reduced much, as fewer soldiers would be identified as insane, drastically reducing the personality changes and inner suffering.  If we reframe trauma as a natural process — a common reaction to traumatization — it could change many lives, of our friends and families, that might otherwise commit suicide.

To bring down the suicide rates in returning veterans, and the internal suffering, we need to look at trauma differently.  The stigma attached that “you’re no longer good enough” is archaic — the Spartans would exile those deemed to be unworthy.  Soldiers are taught that PTS is a wound caused by not being strong enough to deal with the traumas of combat.  They’re taught that the condition is life-threatening and that PTS will cause them to appear weaker than their peers.  However, the fact that they’re standing after combat’s a testament to their true inner-strength.  The “warriors only” mentality is harmful, and out-of-place, with the advances of today.  We, as a society, are evolving towards CAM and more worldly types of treatments.  In one study, elder veterans from the Vietnam-era accepted and agreed that mindfulness and meditation techniques used for centuries in eastern medicine and in CAM are beneficial to recovery from PTS.

PTS is a common part of life — recovery is possible.  When we correctly frame in the name and the way we perceive trauma — a direct challenge to Western medicine’s assumption that PTSD is a life-debilitating disorder…  It’s a natural response within the brain to prevent further damage, and when injured, the individual’s in need of treatment.  A more useful way to prevent suicide, and inner suffering, is teaching that PTS is a natural reaction to overwhelming events.  Then, set an action plan, rather than casting them aside…  We need to understand that the veteran’s trained that they’re no longer “good enough”.  That way, we can regulate with verbiage, some of the inner issues which they’re having as well as our common treatment etiquette.  The way in which we talk to a veteran with PTS should be in a way that doesn’t offend them — never, ask a veteran if they’ve killed someone.  Approach them, with the same regard in any sensitive topic, with respect to their circumstances and cultural sensitivities.  Dropping the “D” would foster a new mission of unifying the mind, by imparting empathy in the naming of our condition for those who’ve lived through extraordinary situations affecting our communities.  The next time that you see a PTSD victim, treat them normally — with acceptance and respect — dropping the “D”.

Works Cited

Christopher Bergland. “The Neuroscience of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Psychology Today. . (2013): . Web. Neuroscientists have discovered specific brain areas linked to PTSD.